Prospero Regained: Prospero's Daughter, Book III (Prospero's Daughter #3)
For centuries, Miranda has run Prospero Inc., a company that, unbeknownst to the general public, has protected the world from disasters natural, magical, and man-made. But her father has been kidnapped, and is bei ...more
However, I was totally blindsided by the conservative values that popped up out of seemingly nowhere. (Or maybe I completely missed them before?) I don't know if it's because of what Lamplighter ...more
Thea: This is going to be a tough review to write. I absolutely loved the first two books in this series. I loved the concept of Shakespeare’s Prospero and his children living among us, their different staffs and their very human flaws. I also loved the intricate universe of the series that embraced different creatures (including elemental spirits, demons, angels, elves, and so on) as well as disparate pantheons of be ...more
The books I am referring to are by L. Jagi Lamplighter and include Prospero Lost, Prospero in Hell, and Prospero Regained .
The books ...more
The strengths of this trilogy include:
1. The world is interesting. Set in the modern times, the world of Prospero also includes all manner of magical creatures, many of which I had never even heard of (oreads? peris? oni? bwca? ouphie?). A large chunk of the series takes place in Hell, and reads a little bit like Lewis' _The Great Divorce_.
OK, I didn't much like volumes 1 & 2 - but I did say I was sufficiently compelled to read #3. It paid off. #3 was worth reading, and revealed the enormously ambitious scope of the three-volume plot. I applaud Lamplighter's boldness. The overall plot was reasonable credible, even if many, many details weren't. Predictable and over-foreshadowed, sure, but that didn't really spoil it.
The author admits borrowing from her husb ...more
I love this. Is there a fandom for this? I must find it for the cheer weasel alone.
One thing that surprised me though was the heavy, and I mean heavy, emphasis on Christian values. I thought it would be a little more like The Dresden Files where it seemed like everything would have its due weight but nope. Super meta, and both conservative and...not? I can't say exactly what would be considered blasphemy, I haven't been to church in ages, ...more
I loved this series until this book. Then it did something that gave me a bit of a bad taste.
(view spoiler)[Miranda was raped and lost her virginity and can no longer be a maiden of her deity. One of her brothers try to tell her to convert to Christianity, a god who would never forsake her. The book took a decidedly religious turn and it gave me the impression that the author was using the plot to preach. I will need to reread this to ...more
I think the thing that kept me sticking around and ultimately feeling some warm feelings towards this book (and the series as a whole) was the cast of characters. I genuinely cared about them and wanted to know what h ...more
The concluding volume changed this. Lamplighter pulls off the turn masterfully, pivoting into serious philosophical an ...more
Mrs Wright's books are a fun fantasy romp loosely based on Shakespeare's The Tempest and Christian cosmology, expertly juggling a wide cast mainly composed of the large Prospero family, all of whom I enjoyed learning to know, and, along with the narrator, like. The plot and setting is well done.
Alas, I had three problems with the trilogy. First, when it comes to writing style, ...more
It opens with a foursome of Eramus, Mab, Gregor, and Miranda herself tramping through a hellish swamp in search of the other siblings that the Hellwinds blew away, in hopes of collecting them all in time to rescue their father from the Queen of Air and Darkness, who intends to ...more
And Erasmus is still my favorite.
You can read my full review at http://www.myshelf.com/scifi_fantasy/...
L. Jagi Lamplighter is a writer of fantasy and children's stories. When not writing, she reverts to her secret ID where she lives in fairytale happiness with her husband, writer John C. Wright, and their four delightful children Orville, Ping-Ping, the Cherubim, and Justinian the Elf King.
For more information, see:
Prospero Lost: A Writer's Odyssey -- an essay about how Prospero Lost came to be,